Talk about Fears. Vermonters have been staying home and staying safe for a long time. While many children are eager to see their friends and return to their regular activities, the transition can still be difficult. Here is how you can help.
i. Take stock of your own feelings to help separate your emotions from theirs. Your own anxiety might influence how you perceive your child and could influence their own level of fear.
ii. Talk about it. This can help children feel better and will give you a better idea of the many reason your child might be hesitant.
iii. Take things in small steps. If your child is nervous about returning to a childcare center, consider a visit (if possible) before opening day, or planning a “warm hand-off” with someone your child can meet beforehand.